Hypocrisy is pretty much the only things Republicans get done these days in Washington, as evidenced by their utter lack of transparency and public hearings in their efforts to steal healthcare from the poor and middle class to give tax cuts to the obnoxiously wealthy. Indeed, if only hypocrisy was a pre-existing condition.
We’ll readily admit that Obamacare has many pluses, but it also has many minuses. For example, the insurance industry still dictates everything and healthcare is still for profit. It was basically a free market solution to a free market problem, but it has saved lives and certainly improved one-sixth of the world’s largest economy. But it has the black guy’s name on it and helps working people out, which is something Republicans will simply not tolerate.
But while the hypocrites in Congress are cowardly working behind the scenes to steal healthcare from 23 million American and destabilize the entire system, a 91-year-old British World War 2 veteran is schooling them on Britain’s socialized health care system. Harry Smith, the British WW2 vet, brought many in the audience to tears during his speech at a political conference in Manchester:
I came into this world in the rough and ready year of 1923. I am from Barnsley and I can tell you that my childhood, like so many others from that era, was not an episode from Downton Abbey.
Instead, it was a barbarous time, it was a bleak time, and it was an uncivilized time because public healthcare didn’t exist. Back then hospitals, doctors, and medicine were for the privileged few because they were run for profit rather than as a vital state service that keeps a nation’s citizens fit and healthy. My memories stretch back almost a hundred years, and if I close my eyes, I can smell the poverty that oozed from the dusky tenement streets of my boyhood.
My memories stretch back almost a hundred years, and if I close my eyes, I can smell the poverty that oozed from the dusky tenement streets of my boyhood.
91 years-old and he’s sharper than our pathetic excuse of a Republican Congress. Believing that health care is indeed a basic right, every major industrialized and democratic nation — civilized and understanding of its priorities — has a form of single payer healthcare. The GOP doesn’t want us to know that good healthcare improves everything for citizens. 2018 can’t come soon enough.
Watch the entire video of Smiths powerful speech in support of non-profit healthcare:
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